Amazon Says It’s “Almost Ready” To Get 1,000s Of Grocery Store Cashiers Fired

Posted: November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Now, after nearly a full year of testing their Seattle concept store with employees, Amazon says their cashier-less grocery store is just about ready to go live. As Bloomberg notes this morning, the company has already begun hiring construction managers and marketing staff to build out a store base. At present there are nearly 40,000 grocery stores in the U.S. employing roughly 3.5mm people, many of whom are cashiers.

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Late last year we noted Amazon’s efforts to ‘disrupt’ the traditional grocery retail model by introducing small format stores that allow customers to simply walk in, pick up what they want and walk out.  The concept store, dubbed AmazonGo, tracks a customer’s every move, including each item they remove from store shelves, allowing them to skip long, often frustrating, check out lines (see: Amazon Goes Offline With Bricks-And-Mortar Grocery Chain; Envisions Opening 2,000 Stores).

Now, after nearly a full year of testing their Seattle concept store with employees, Amazon says their cashier-less grocery store is just about ready to go live.  As Bloomberg notes this morning, the company has already begun hiring construction managers and marketing staff to build out a store base.

The e-commerce giant unveiled Amazon Go last December, saying it planned to open the store to the public early this year. However, the company encountered technical…

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Comments
  1. Actually, very cool. But now, Amazon needs to create interesting, high-skill, good-paying jobs for displaced workers.

  2. So, what happens after thousands more grocery cashiers are fired and then thousands more and then hundreds of thousands more? Who is going to be left to go inside those “AmazonGo” stores to ‘buy’ anything when the jobs are all gone? When will we realize that we are contributing to our own demise when we continue to embrace such as this?

  3. Lara/Trace says:

    Shop local only, is my motto.

  4. Same here, Lara. By shopping locally we keep our dollars in the community and prevent them winding up with Wall Street billionaires.

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